Computer Crimes 2018-01-09T18:00:50+00:00

Computers now take center stage as a crime scene for the new interconnected world. Still, few have training in computer forensics to properly investigate or defend cyber crime.

If charged with a crime involving computers in Connecticut, you need to have an attorney knowledgeable in both the criminal law and process but also computer technology – since many judges don’t! When your lawyer understands the technology, you can feel safe knowing that your interests will get protected. We have seen cases in which someone told clients that a hacking fix took hours or days to fix, when our knowledge can proved they should have fixed it in mere minutes. This should lessen the out of pocket costs of restitution.

Familiarizing yourself with the consequences involved in different computer crimes can prepare you for your case.

Crimes and Consequences

Degree of Computer CrimeAmount of Damage or Harm RequiredPenalty
1st degreeDamage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $10,000B felony (up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, or both)
2nd degreeDamage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $5,000C felony (up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both)
3rd degreeDamage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $1,000. Reckless conduct that creates a risk of serious physical injury to another personD felony (up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both)
4th degreeDamage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $500A misdemeanor (up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $2,000, or both)
5th degreeDamage to or the value of the property or computer services, if any, is $500 or lessB misdemeanor (up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both)

 

Note: This chart provided by: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/rpt/2012-R-0254.htm

Computer Crime Defense

At Ruane Attorneys, we have worked with computer crime cases and can help you with your situation. To learn more, contact us at 203-925-9200. We are here to help!